The Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS) cultivates implementation research, practice, and education with a wide-ranging set of community partners. Our vision to build a healthier world through implementation science is made possible through our local, national, and international collaborations.

The Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP), School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago was founded in 1986 to address HIV/AIDS, particularly among people who use drugs. COIP operates from storefront sites in Austin, Humboldt Park, West Englewood, South Chicago, and Uptown. Other neighborhoods are served by COIP’s motorhome and mobile van units. COIP’s interventions are known for their use of the Indigenous Leader Outreach Model, which employs former drug users to deliver services and assist in conducting research.

CDIS’ long-standing collaboration with COIP on multiple projects includes

  • a project to increase COIP’s capacity to serve 13-24 year-old African-American women at COIP, incorporating the delivery of IMARA at COIP field sites, and
  • Project STAMINA, where CDIS and COIP investigators assess the implementation of a model linking people who participate in COIP’s syringed service program to evidence-based medications for opioid use disorder.
Researchers at CDIS have partnered for over 15 years with Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department of Cook County, IL, the second largest juvenile probation system in the US. From 2004 to 2008, we developed and pilot tested PHAT Life, an innovative HIV/STI, substance use, and mental health intervention for juvenile offenders. Findings from the pilot study revealed reduced sexual risk taking and substance use at 3-month follow-up. More recently, we have rigorously evaluated PHAT Life in a carefully-conducted efficacy trial, with sustained positive outcomes at 12-month follow-up. In order to ensure that this line of research produces actual, real-world improvements in the lives of probation youth, we seek to identify in partnership with Juvenile Probation a PHAT Life implementation strategy that is effective, cost-effective, and sustainable within juvenile justice settings.  CDIS is currently conducting a 2-arm randomized controlled trial comparing the impact of PHAT Life on 350 13-17 year-old offenders’ risky sex, STI, substance use, and theoretical mediators when delivered by Youth Representatives (YR) vs. probation staff (PS).
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a registered non-profit company established in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, an accredited research center within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Bridging rigorous academic research with community development programs, the DTHF collaborates with those most at risk to find innovative solutions in the prevention and treatment of HIV and related infections. CDIS investigators, in partnership with the DTHF, will adapt the IMARA intervention to take into account the unique contextual factors and culture of South Africa and conduct a randomized controlled trial of the IMARA program at the DTHF.

Indiana University (IU) Health is the largest network of physicians in the state of Indiana, offering both specialty and primary care, as well as breakthrough research and community outreach in partnership with the IU School of Medicine. CDIS investigators work with IU Health on the Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment (POINT) project, an emergency department-based intervention for connecting opioid overdose survivors to medication assisted treatment. POINT uses peer recovery coaching to address barriers that prevent opioid users from accessing medication assisted treatment.

Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design combines healthcare delivery science and human-centered design to deepen our understanding of the contexts and reality of care. Their work applies design methods to the challenges of delivery science, helping bridge evidence-based medical interventions to human behavior in order to accelerate adoption by patients and clinical staff. Investigators at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design bring their human-centered design expertise to the STAMINA project, which assesses the challenge of implementing a model to link people who use opioids to evidence-based medication assisted treatment.

Lighthouse Institute, a division of Chestnut Health Systems™, was established in 1986. Our mission is to help practitioners improve the quality of their services through research, training, and publishing. Serving health and human service organizations through offices in Chicago, Bloomington/Normal and Maryville, Illinois, Lighthouse Institute staff conduct applied research, program evaluation, training, and consultation. Dennis Watson, PhD, a CDIS faculty affiliate, is Lighthouse Research Scientist and the principal investigator on the STAMINA project, which assesses the challenge of implementing a model to link people who use opioids to evidence-based medication assisted treatment.

Mile Square Health Center (MSHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which opened its first neighborhood clinic in 1967 and keeps working to help Chicagoans. MSHC health clinics are located in many neighborhoods across Chicagoland to care for families at every stage of life. CDIS partners with MSHC on the STAMINA project, which assesses the implementation of a model linking people who use opioids to evidence-based medication assisted treatment at MSHC.

PACE, based in Indianapolis, IN, provides a variety of services to incarcerated and previously incarcerated individuals and their families to help them lead productive and responsible lives in their community. CDIS investigators partner with PACE to offer and evaluate the Substance Use Programming for Person-Oriented Recovery Treatment (SUPPORT) program, a community-driven, recovery-oriented approach substance use disorder intervention for people returning to the community from prison. Through this project PACE has two Peer Recovery Coaches who use the peer recovery coaching model coupled with care coordination to create individualized recovery support plans that help the individuals’ chances of increased recovery time and reduction of recidivism.